Jrue Holiday’s focus right now is all on his family
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday asked for a leave from his team last month to attend to his pregnant wife, Lauren, who at that time was found to have a benign brain tumor. The good news is, their first daughter has been born completely healthy and without complications but Mrs. Holiday will need to undergo surgery next month to remove the cyst.
Jrue’s older brother and New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday recently gave an update about the former all-star and shared what his role is now. He also discussed what his main priority is. Per Marc Berman of The New York Post:
“He gets the night shift a lot so I’ve been FaceTiming, seeing the baby’s face changing, these days you have to have FaceTime. It’s like looking at my brother as a baby. The resemblance is amazing….
“His main focus is to be there to support his wife, take care of his child, I don’t think basketball is coming across his mind right now. It’s not his main focus and shouldn’t be. I also think his team and everybody else supports his decision to do this, which has been a good thing. People were nagging him about it, but everybody’s been supportive. He’s handling his business as a father and husband.’’
The Pelicans organization have been very supportive with their starting point guard and are not rushing him to return and instead want him to prioritize his family. If and when the UCLA product will return to playing is anybody’s guess at this point, but it also serves as an opportunity for the team’s other guards to step up in his absence.
Norris Cole. Tim Frazier and newly-acquired E’Twaun Moore are expected to compete for the starting point guard spot. Even with these three in the lineup, they will still miss the services of Jrue, who last season averaged 14.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game.
If everything goes according to plan, there is a big chance we’ll see the 26-year-old back on the court this coming season, and when he does, it’s after his wife has fully recovered from her surgery and capable of taking care of their first born.